Google Pixel And Pixel XL Displays React To Magnets: Here's Where The Switch Is Located


The HTC-made Google Pixel and Pixel XL have a switch that makes the display of the smartphones react to magnets.

Known Specs And Features Of The Pixel And The Pixel XL

Google launched and released the Pixel and the Pixel XL in October this year, and both the smartphones are packed with impressive specs. Under the hood of both the phones are a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor clocked at 2.15 GHz, Adreno 530 GPU and 4 GB of RAM.

The 5-inch Pixel and the 5.5-inch Pixel XL are undoubtedly one of the most popular and one of the best Android smartphones of 2016. The handsets are also one of the handful devices that come running on Google's latest Android 7.1 Nougat.

The devices are equipped with a 12.3-megapixel (f/2.0 lens) rear-facing camera and an 8-megapixel (f/2.4 lens) selfie camera.

Hidden Feature Of The Pixel And The Pixel XL

The designs of the new Google mobile phones also have some resemblance to the HTC 10. Although, the design and the specs of the Pixel and the Pixel XL are better known to everyone, there is a feature that Google has hidden from the public.

HTC phones have an electrical switch that allows case makers to create flip covers that automatically turns on the screen when the cover is flipped open. The same technology is said to be also present in the Pixel and the Pixel XL.

Where Is The Switch Located?

Reports suggest that the switch is located near the "G" logo at the back of the Pixel and the Pixel XL. When a magnet is placed near the logo or near to the corresponding location at the front of the device, the switch is activated. The switch is only used to turn on the screen, and removing the magnet does not turn off the screen.

Why Is The Electrical Switch Important?

Google has not disclosed the presence of the electrical switch in the Pixel and the Pixel XL. The hidden hardware in the two Google phones could be great news for accessory makers, especially case makers.

So far there are no third-party Pixel case makers that take advantage of the hidden technology. However, as case makers are now aware of the switch, it is highly likely that Pixel fans will soon see covers that benefit from the hidden feature.

The presence of an electrical switch in the new Google phones may not be very significant. However, it suggests that Google has not confirmed everything that the Pixel and the Pixel XL can do. It is likely that both the phones have more hidden features that smartphone enthusiasts will discover in the near term.

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